Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System (M.A.R.S.) is a specialized extracorporeal therapy used in the management of acute liver failure and liver dysfunction. Here's an overview of M.A.R.S., including its indications, risks, and benefits:
- Indications: M.A.R.S. is indicated in patients with acute liver failure or severe liver dysfunction who require intensive liver support. It is used when other conventional treatments, such as medical management or conventional hemodialysis, are not effective in managing the liver dysfunction. M.A.R.S. can help remove toxins and improve liver function in critically ill patients with liver failure.
- Procedure: M.A.R.S. involves the use of a specialized machine and filter system to remove toxins, such as bilirubin and ammonia, from the blood. The blood is circulated through the machine, and the toxins are adsorbed onto the filter and removed from the body. The filtered blood is then returned to the patient. M.A.R.S. is typically performed by trained ICU staff under the guidance of a hepatologist or liver specialist.
- Risks: Like other extracorporeal therapies, M.A.R.S. carries some risks, including bleeding, infection, clotting of the filter, air or blood leaks, electrolyte imbalances, and changes in blood pressure. Close monitoring and careful management are required to minimize these risks and ensure safe and effective therapy.
- Benefits: M.A.R.S. provides a specialized and targeted approach to removing toxins from the blood in patients with acute liver failure or liver dysfunction. It can help improve liver function, reduce complications, and support the overall management of critically ill patients with liver failure.
The Nephrology Department at Sterling Hospitals Ahmedabad is equipped with state-of-the-art M.A.R.S. machines and a skilled team of hepatologists and ICU staff experienced in managing M.A.R.S. therapy for patients with acute liver failure or liver dysfunction. The department follows best practices and guidelines to ensure safe and effective M.A.R.S. therapy, and provides comprehensive care for patients with liver disorders.